State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi today observes the first National Digital Learning Day by announcing two new online learning partnerships for the state of Oklahoma.
The Alliance for Excellent Education has named Feb. 1, 2012, National Digital Learning Day. To celebrate, Barresi announces partnerships with the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority and SAS Curriculum Pathways to offer thousands of free online resources and lesson plans to students, teachers and families throughout Oklahoma. The State Department of Education soon will be offering professional development to teachers as part of a concerted effort to add these resources to Oklahoma classrooms.
On Monday, Superintendent Barresi announced a partnership with Pittsburgh-based Apangea Learning Inc. to provide supplemental online math instruction and tutoring services to 10,000 8th- through 10th-grade students statewide who are struggling in Algebra I.
“To face the job market of the 21st Century, our young people must excel at critical thinking and research-based analysis,” Barresi said. “By offering thousands of new online resources at no cost to school districts, their students or their families, we are giving students a competitive edge toward their future.”
The Oklahoma State Department of Education and OETA-The Oklahoma Network, are launching OETA/PBS LearningMedia, a free service for all educators and students in Oklahoma, which includes a rich educational media library that is aligned to Oklahoma C³ Standards. The service has more than 14,000 research –based instructional resources, such as videos, audio files, mobile apps and lesson plans, contributed from the National Archives, the Library of Congress and National Public Radio, as well as content funded by NASA, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Education.
The State Department of Education also is partnering with SAS Curriculum Pathways, which provides free, web-based resources for educators in English, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies and Spanish for grades 6-12. Interactive tools; read, research and respond inquiries; Web lessons; and audio tutorials are mapped to meet Oklahoma C³ Standards.
More than 70,000 teachers and 18,000 schools nationwide use SAS Curriculum Pathways. The provider recently was honored by the eSchool Media Readers Choice Awards, District Administration Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products and the Technology & Learning Awards of Excellence.